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Radio-frequency tags cut specimen bottle errors

HealthDay/Washington Post, October 8, 2008
The risk and number of errors during biopsy analysis can be drastically reduced by instituting labeling systems for specimen bottles, according to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic. The Clinic is now proposing that busy labs add radio-frequency identification tags to track and automate identification of biopsy specimens taken during gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures. RFID tags can be applied to or incorporated into an object so that it can be identified by using radio waves.